We Have Lost Diana Morrison > May She RIP

Dianna Left us this morning, 2021 02 02; Lofty Left us in 2020 10.

Family Speaks: For those of you who were following my post about my Sister. Diana Morrison passed away this morning around 4 am. It was fitting she passed today as it was, what would’ve been our dad’s 99th Birthday. Di was a fierce competitor like dad in life. She was one of the top women shuffleboard champions of all time. She is even in the Shuffleboard HOF here in Florida. She also loved her Tampa Teams, the Bucs and the Rays. This caused many a fun phone calls as we are all New Englanders in the family. She is home now and her daughter, my siblings, our cousins, along with Crystal and I will miss her dearly. She is in that wonderful of Gods Park, ready to spar on the Bucs with my Dad. We love you always Di. “Second Star to the right, and straight on till morning.

DIANA MORRISON SCORES # 600

Diana Morrison headed to Clearwater to play the Mixed Doubles with high hopes; she was playing with Earl Ball and expected to have a good chance to reach the lofty mark of 600 points, no small feat!  She had to drag Earl along but she wasn’t to be denied!  They played three great teams and prevailed in each to reach the semifinals assuring her of the point necessary to make #600.

CONGRATULATIONS!! Earl

Earl Inducts Lofty into CD HOF.

It’s an honor to present my friend “Earl” that’s right, Earl Loft Haskim for induction into the Florida Shuffleboard Association, Central District Hall of Fame.  Lofty has spent his life as a competitive athlete.  Lofty comes from north of Toronto, for those of you from Canada, Parry Sound.  Being from that part of the World presented Lofty with the opportunity to play Hockey, which he did, for over20 years.  10 of those years he played with Bobby Orr’s father.  Lofty was a star and his #11 made him #1 in the hearts of the fans.  He also Curled, a pre curser to shuffleboard.  When there wasn’t ice, Lofty was out playing in the grass!  He was one of the area’s top golfers, winning 5 championships in the Parry Sound/Barrie area so being competitive was part of his nature.

When Lofty retired in the mid 90’s he moved to Florida and like so many of us he bumped into Shuffleboard in his park.  It didn’t take long and he was out playing tournaments.  I remember when I started in 97 Lofty was the top amateur in the Central District and I thought if I could only be as good as he was I’d really be something;  he probably thought if only I could be his age, I’d send him back to the golf course.  In just a couple years of playing he was at the top of the Central District Amateurs and finished runner-up in the “Masters”.  He made Pro the next season and as a 1st year Pro played in the “Masters”.  Lofty was a Top 8 player several more times.  Lofty’s top shuffleboard award of course will be his induction into the Hall of Fame but his top achievement on the courts is still the State Championship he won with Diana in the Mixed Tournament with 87 teams taking part.  You don’t see tournaments like that anymore.

I so admire Lofty, as I’m sure so many of you do, for sticking it out and earning this award.

It’s my pleasure and honor to present to you, my friend, Lofty Haskim for induction into the Florida Shuffleboard Association, Central District Hall of Fame.

Earl Ball; 2014 03 14 

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3 Responses to We Have Lost Diana Morrison > May She RIP

  1. Jerry Stannard HOF, Pres. GOLF LAKES says:

    So sad to hear of Dianna’s passing, I played against nd with her for nine years in the Central District and considered she and Lofty friends. She truly was a great shuffler and along with other women partners in the state ruled the State Masters for years. She can now pair up with Ruth Brown again, what a team. Always remember my last match against her and Earl, I had her friend Mary Eldridge, another great . We went three game and I’m not sure who won but it was a great one. If Earl doesn’t remember who won then we did as he always forgets the loses, Will greatly miss seeing her at Lakeland. Rest in peace Di,

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  2. seliseq1 says:

    Rest in peace, Diana w/Lofty and your loved ones gone before. You both have been missed here in H’ville.

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  3. James Corbeil says:

    So sad to hear of Diana passing. Marlene and I played with her and Lofty and we sure appreciated their help and friendship.
    They both will be missed.
    Jim Corbeil President Canadian National Shuffleboard Association
    Jim and Marlene Corbeil

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